Knicks owner James Dolan had a brainstorm in late March, and it turned into Patrick Ewing being on the lottery dais in Chicago representing the franchise on May 14.
According to Knicks president Steve Mills, Dolan gave him a random phone call a few weeks ago that could turn into the good-luck charm that brings Zion Williamson to New York City.
“Actually Jim Dolan called me up and asked, ‘Who’s attending the lottery?’” Mills told The Post. “I said Scott [Perry] and I haven’t talked about it that much. He said, ‘I’m just making a suggestion. You can say no if you want to. But what about Patrick?’
“I said, ‘I think that’s a good idea.’”
The lottery offer sounded too good to pass up for the Knicks legend, the first-overall pick in 1985, after the franchise won the first-ever lottery. Ewing now is Georgetown’s head coach.
“I texted Patrick, asked him to give me a call,” Mills added. “He called me back that night. I told him what we’d be asking him to do. What we’d like him to consider. I said I’d love him to do it. He said, ‘Hopefully I can do it, but I have to make sure my scouting schedule doesn’t coincide with lottery day.’ I sent him information and timing. He came back and said, ‘I’d love to do it.’”
With the NBA’s worst record at 17-65, the Knicks will have a 14 percent chance of winning the lottery under its new format. They share the top odds with Phoenix and Cleveland. In years past, the team with the worst record had a 25 percent chance.
However, there are a couple of good omens. As The Post’s Mike Vaccaro has reported, the Knicks also had roughly a 14 percent chance of winning the Ewing lottery back in 1985, when all seven non-playoff teams shared the same odds.
There is also another Ewing number theory floating about. If you take Ewing’s “33″ jersey number plus the No. 1 pick, it’s been “34” years since “The Big Fella” was drafted by the Knicks.
Published at Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:34:24 +0000